Wednesday, 12 October 2011

A Marriage Carol by Chris Fabry & Gary Chapman with giveaway


On Christmas Eve twenty years earlier, Marlee and Jacob were married in a snowstorm.   This Christmas Eve, they are ready to quit, divorce is imminent. Their relationship is as icy as the road they’re traveling and as blocked with troubles as the piling snow. They take a shortcut to get to the lawyer’s office, on a slippery, no-fault path. She thinks they need to stay on the main road. He disagrees. They fight. Story of their lives and they slam into a bank of snow , spinning, drifting, falling, out of control. Just like their lives. Reluctantly, freezing cold, hungry, scared, she trudges up the hill. Paul is nowhere to be found. Her ears frozen, fingers and hands red, she comes to a house on the hillside, built like a Bed and Breakfast, a green wreath on the red door and the door-knocker is in the shape of a wedding ring.

The red door opens and the first thing she notices is the fire in the room, blazing hot, a warm, inviting, friendly place and the voice of an old man welcomes her in. There are three golden pots on the hearth, shining, glimmering things. The old man claims that they are used to restore marriages. She laughs—and begins a journey through her past, present, and future that will test how she views her lifelong love. There are two futures available. Which will she choose?

My take:~

Call me Scrooge but I have to admit I am not a huge fan of Christmas novels!  I have a number of friends who can't wait for October to arrive so they can get their hands on books with a Christmas theme but I just don't get the appeal.  However, when Chris Fabry's name appears on a cover it can have the Easter bunny on it and I'd read it, so A Marriage Carol jingled its way into my reading purview.  I'm delighted it did!  Chris and Gary have created a beautiful novella of hope, forgiveness and acceptance as Marlee is thrust into a journey of rediscovery as she takes a birds eye view of her failing marriage, the choices made and the consequences lived.  Leaving readers with plenty to ponder about their own lives, A Marriage Carol is, I'm happy to say, a must read Christmas story!

With thanks to Wynn~Wynn Media for my review copy

Relz Reviewz Extras
Reviews of Almost Heaven, June Bug & Dogwood
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Visit Gary's websiteRBC Book Club interview with Chris
Buy Chris' books at Amazon or Koorong


Nicole said...

I love just about everything to do with real Christmas - except Christmas movies and books. Why that is I have no idea. And I debated about this one precisely because of Chris Fabry's name on the cover. Good review but I still think I'm gonna pass. I lined up one Christmas novel for review, and I hope I don't regret it. ;)

Tracy said...

I'm completely with you - Christmas novels are not my cup of tea. It's rare for me to declare such a thing of any genre, but this is one that escapes me.

Having said that - Chris Fabry. Surely it's worth a look with his name on the cover! Chris's books are ALWAYS worth having on my bookshelf!

Rel said...

Yay! So glad I'm not alone in my Christmas book free zone - LOL! This one is a keeper though :)

Thanks for sharing, Nicole and Tracy :)

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I love Christmas books! I have collected Christmas books for years and I'm always on the lookout for new ones. One of my favorite Christmas traditions from my childhood and one that I've continued in my own family is that we read our favorite Christmas stories on Christmas eve. We sit around the fire and each share a Christmas story and then we finish with reading the account of Christ's birth from the bible. It's honestly one of the things I look forward to the most.

I love Chris Fabry. I'm excited to see he has a Christmas book. Thanks for offering it as a giveaway.


Mary S said...

I love Christmas books....but some of them do tend to be the same scenario...but I love any version of A Christmas Carol

Marjorie said...

Christmas stories are a must read for me this time of the year.
Thanks for offering this giveaway to Canadian readers of your site.

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